Previous Raiders captain Matt Riddle when the club last played in 2011. The players are training hard and the club is confident of going back to the future in 2016 and receiving the green light to return.
Previous Raiders captain Matt Riddle when the club last played in 2011. The players are training hard and the club is confident of going back to the future in 2016 and receiving the green light to return. John Gass /

Tweed Coast keen to raid NRRRL

REINCARNATED Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League club the Tweed Coast Raiders is edging closer to an NRRRL return after submitting documentation to the league to prove the club’s viability going forward.

Raiders, who ceased senior competition at the end of the 2011 season, have already signed 45 players for next season and are raring to go if given the green light to return.

NRRRL officials met earlier in the week to assess the Raiders’ documentation and discuss the option of granting the club a return for the 2016 season.

NRRRL secretary Tanya Booth said while the league was impressed with the Raiders’ pitch, the process still had a way to go before a decision could be made.

“Management are happy with what they’ve provided but it will still go back to the general committee,” Booth said.

“There will be a special general meeting in January for the general committee to vote on whether we have a 13 club comp (in 2016) or stay with the 12 teams.”

While the decision remains ongoing, Raiders are preparing for good news and putting in the hard yards, with an early return to training marking the club’s intent.

Raiders secretary Tina Rochford said the club submitted a strong strategic plan to NRRRL officials and was focussed on making an impact next season if its bid was successful.

“We want to be a main contender and the early signs are they’re super fit and have the right attitude,” she said.

“They’re working hard and want to return the club to being successful.”

Rochford said the players shared a special bond and had jumped at the chance of a return when the possibility was raised.

“A lot of the players are previous Tweed Coast juniors who wanted to come back and get their club up and running again,” she said.

“They’re a really tight-knit bunch of blokes who get on really well and it’s an awesome effort they’re putting in.”

The Raiders further marked its intent for a return earlier this month, by deciding on a new guernsey that honours the club’s past with a retro-look.

Rochford said the design is in-line with the clubs focus on re-engaging the community, who they hoped would be onboard for 2016, pending the NRRRL’s decision.

The decision on whether to grant the Raiders’ request for the league’s 13th licence comes on the back of fellow club South Tweed being granted a return to the NRRRL competition for the 2016 season.



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